Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Llanberis Mountain Film Festival

Make sure you don't miss the fourth Llanberis Mountain Film Festival over the weekend of 7th to 9th March ! LLAMFF 2008 promises a wild and wonderful programme of films, talks, mountain sculpture, Art and even food, with contributors from Wales and beyond, capturing the spirit of adventure and celebrating mountain Art, sport and culture worldwide. The festival ticket allows you unlimited access to a large and diverse range of events, from screenings of short listed entries to the second LLAMFF international film competition including a number of premiere screenings, talks by local and national climbing celebrities and other adventurers, a selection of award-winning films including world premieres, and much, much more. Full details of the inspiring festival programme have been added to the website.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photo: Scott Dickerson

This last 15 years on the road I've been keeping a mental record of how many unsurfed, unnamed waves I've seen with my own eyes. I'd guess it's between eight and ten thousand. In crowded, pissy lineups I just think of that, and things are okay.

- Chris Malloy -

This photo tells the rest of the story of surfing in Homer, Alaska. Gart Curtis is so stoked there are finally waves, that he's charging through a frozen beachscape to get to some beachbreak with onshore winds before we lose our little dose of mid-winter light.?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Simple Truths

How to Impress a Woman
Wine her, Dine her, Call her, Hug her,
Hold her, Surprise her, Compliment her,
Smile at her, Laugh with her,
Cry with her, Cuddle with her,
Shop with her, Give her jewelry,
Buy her flowers, Hold her hand,
Write love letters to her

How to Impress a Man
Show up naked.
Bring beer

Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photo: Steve Fitzpatrick

In the US we dont have much to thank our Army Corps of Engineers for. More often than not they create a mess of our coastline, and my home state of New Jersey is a perfect example. In the town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico the Army Corps decided to install a jetty to help the local fisherman with getting their skiffs, or yolas, through the shore-pound during the winter. What was supposed to be a small, still-water harbor behind the jetty, filled in with sand in no time, and to our delight a gut-wrenching wave formed over the sandbar out front. Carlos Cabrero about to get intimately acquainted with the sand.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photo: Scott Bauer

After a lifetime of travel, the best memories are of those magic days at home

- Peter Devries -

Four Waves Folding

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Objects of Desire

DualGlo has launched a new ‘glow in the dark’ torch specifically for the marine market. In addition to its body glowing in the dark, the GloTorch Marine floats upright allowing the beam to be highly visible in water.

Having a good pocket torch that floats is a ‘must’ for any sea trip. The new GloTorch Marine is fitted with a six LED light cluster for outstanding brightness and comes with a 60 flashes/min strobe light for emergency situations which makes it the perfect hand torch for any serious sailor. Because it is a LED torch if one bulb fails the other five will continue to work which means you won’t have to carry a spare bulb. Because it glows in the dark you can always find it when you need it without destroying your night vision.

Fitted with a double ‘o’ ring and a magnetic switch the torch is fully waterproof regardless of conditions and its shock resistant body means it will be able to take the knocks of a rough passage. A handy adjustable lanyard makes it easy to carry and enables it to be hung round your neck freeing up both hands. Its unique patented ‘glow in the dark’ technology enables it to glow all night with just fifteen minutes exposure to bright light each day.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Another Storm On The Horizon

Photo: Rob Lloyd

Building on the success the 1st event on Mull and the 2nd on Lewis, I'm putting the wheels in motion for the 3rd UK Storm Gathering which will be held in Wales over an extended weekend of 25 - 27th October 2008

Photo: Clark Fenton

This year's festival will be based at Anglesey Outdoors, which has been host to the Anglesey Symposium for the last 25 years, making it a logical venue choice. As a consequence workshops and journeys will be able to launch from the surrounding bays and harbours with ease

Photo: Richard Jane

The aim of this symposium is to bring together like minded paddlers of all abilities with similar passions and provide a practical programme with an emphasis on preparing people for challenging conditions, commitment and open crossings

Photo: Nick Cunliffe

Water clinics will be based around the following themes: navigation, boat handling, boat repair, leadership and incident management, paddling skills and journey planning. When demand has reach appropriate numbers BCU coach courses and star awards, as well as guided trips, are planned to run from October 28th to the 31st. There will also be a number of evening lectures and various manufacturers on hand to discuss their products

Photo: Paul Williams

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